05/28/15 4:22pm

As readers knew would happen first, Ease Yoga & Cafe, Alexandria’s first yoga studio and eat-in café, is now open in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 3051 Mt. Vernon Avenue (They opened May 11).

They’re having a grand opening with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Del Ray’s newest healthy joint this Saturday, May 30 @ 9:00 AM (Ribbon cutting at 10:00 AM). See this link for more details on the grand opening celebration.

During the grand opening, you can get special FREE yoga classes all day long, try delicious and healthy Senzu Juicery samples, take studio tours and meet-and-greets with our new yoga instructors, enter social media contests for chances to win Ease Yoga & Cafe apparel, and more! Click this link for more information.

Ease owner, Tara Casagrande brings her popular yoga, meditation, fitness and wellness classes to the revitalized and vibrant section of historic Del Ray. Casagrande, a graduate of the renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, has over 15 years of yoga experience and has been teaching privately in the area for the past five years.

Ease Yoga & Café offers yoga classes for all levels – from beginners to advanced enthusiasts. In addition to yoga, the studio offers classes in Chi Gong, Meditation, Children and Teen Yoga, Family Yoga, Infant Massage, and Men’s Stretch and Breathe classes. A licensed massage therapist will be on hand and the studio plans to host special monthly health, wellness, and cooking demonstrations.

Ease has partnered with Alexandria-based Senzu Juicery and will be serving up healthy smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, coffee and tea in their healthy cafe.

By doing so, Ease can also satisfy your appetite with vegetarian fare, including delicious soups, artisan sandwiches, homemade kale chips and other mouth-watering snacks. The 2600 square foot space boasts high ceilings and large windows that fill the café and studios with natural light. Indoor and outdoor seating at the comfortable, contemporary-styled café will provide the ideal spot to relax and catch up with friends before or after a great class.

See you at the grand opening!

05/28/15 3:39pm

Commercial Retail Space Available on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 815 King Street
This stretch of King Street gets A LOT of foot traffic and probably will get more once the Old Town Theater situation is resolved as the space is located right in the same block. This space used to house the Flying Fish Restaurant, which closed unexpectedly last month (see this link as well).

It should also be noted that the King Street retail vacancy rate is less than 3% and opportunities like this don’t come along very often.

Visit this link and/or call the number in the photo if you’re interested in this commercial retail space opportunity.

05/28/15 3:25pm

Mark your calendar partner, the Second Annual Food Truck Rodeo has set a date for Friday, June 5th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM in Alexandria, Virginia!

This year will be bigger and better with 10 food trucks, a watermelon eating contest, games for the kids, music and a beer and wine tent for the bigger cowboys and girls.

The event is sponsored by the DMV Food Truck Association and the West End Business Association. Plan on putting on your cowboy boots and joining the Food Truck Rodeo on the first Friday in June.

WEBA Food Truck Rodeo 2015 Save the Date 3-10-15

For more things to do in the Alexandria, Virginia area, click this link for our community events calendar.

05/28/15 2:43pm
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The Departments of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and General Services will host meetings on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. to receive input from the community on the planned renovation of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center. Both meetings will be held at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center, located at 4625 Taney Avenue in the Seminary Valley neighborhood of Alexandria.

The June 4 meeting will also include a review and discussion of the Planning District 3 Neighborhood Parks planning process.  Visit the Neighborhood Park Planning project page for additional information.

For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5504.

05/28/15 2:05pm

HammondThis is an update to this reader submission from this morning. Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) sent this email to parents this afternoon:

Francis C. Hammond Middle School has been experiencing cooling issues primarily in the sixth grade wing, gym and cafeteria. ACPS is working to find a solution and currently, the building is resuming normal temperatures.

The building will be monitored overnight and if temperatures are too warm in the morning, ACPS will make a decision to close the school for the day.

This decision will be communicated by 5:30 AM on Friday through our website, email, emergency messages, social media (Twitter and Facebook) and on ACPS-TV. Thank you for your patience.”

05/28/15 1:57pm

Aldi
The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is the new Aldi Food Market, which is replacing the Giant Food Grocery store, which is closing, at 425 E. Monroe Avenue in Alexandria. The new store will have 29,000 + sq ft and be open from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 AM Saturdays, and 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sundays.

ALDI is asking for a development special use permit and site plan with modifications to construct a grocery store including a special use permit request for a parking reduction that would allow them to have less parking on their property than required by current zoning law. ALDI is making the argument that their stores do not need as much parking because people are in and out of ALDI’s much more quickly than other grocery stores.

As part of approval for this request, Aldi proposes to re-stripe the parking lot (on both the CVS and grocery store lots) which would add 13 spaces to the existing total, bring the available parking to 111 spaces.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report & site plan). You can find the DRCA’s Land Use Committee’s comments on the proposed store at the docket link as well.

(Photo by Mike Mozart, on Flickr)

05/28/15 12:05pm

Bicycling sign in Old town Alexandria, Virginia
I bring this up as I noticed two (2) folks riding a bicycle this morning on the sidewalk on King Street in the prohibited corridor when I was out snapping photos this morning.

About two (2) years ago, the Alexandria City Council in June 2013 revised the bicycling ordinance. Bicycling is PROHIBITED in the following area(s) of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Under Sec. 10-7-4 of the Alexandria code:

Bicycling on the sidewalk shall be prohibited in King Street/Union Street Commercial Zone. This zone is on King Street, from West Street east to the Potomac River, and on Union Street, between Prince Street and Cameron Street.

And just a REMINDER to some of the drivers that pass through our area, Section 10-7-6 states:

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle except those provisions which by their vary nature can have no application or to the extent that different rights and restrictions are expressly imposed by this chapter or applicable state law.